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“Reno 911!” co-creator could direct “Baywatch” movie


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The second we heard that Robert Ben Garant plans to do for “Baywatch” what he did for “Cops” with “Reno 911!,” we were immediately on board with him directing Paramount’s long-planned big screen reboot of the beloved series.

The news comes from one of Vulture‘s “spies,” so we’ll wait until we get Paramount’s official confirmation before we get too excited. But the choice of Garant does align itself with what we already know about the project.

The “Baywatch” movie had originally started out as an action movie, but Paramount quickly scrapped that idea in favor of a broad comedy. The studio hired “The Break-Up’s” Jeremy Garelick to pen the script, and then brought “Rescue Me’s” Peter Tolan in for rewrites. Our guess is that Garant will likely have some tweaks of his own to make, based on his screenwriting background.

No word yet on when production will get underway, but there had been rumors a few months back claiming Justin Timberlake was up for a starring role. Way back when it had been reported that this “Baywatch” movie would follow two inept men trying out for a lifeguard program, but it’s unclear if that idea has changed over the past couple years.

Ivan Reitman is producing the movie, and it’s appropriately been compared to “Stripes.” It will be interesting to see if either Pamela Anderson or David Hasselhoff come on board the film in some capacity, as their careers have become something of caricatures since their “Baywatch” days.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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